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Chi­ro­prac­tic Care Helps Body Phys­i­ol­ogy and DNA Repair — Study Shows

The March 7, 2005 Med­ical News Today reported on a study that shows that chi­ro­prac­tic helps body phys­i­ol­ogy and DNA repair. The study, pub­lished in the Feb­ru­ary 18, 2005 sci­en­tific peri­od­i­cal, the Jour­nal of Ver­te­bral Sub­lux­a­tion Research, (JVSR), was a col­lab­o­ra­tion between chi­ro­prac­tors and researchers at the Uni­ver­sity of Lund in Swe­den. In this study researchers found that chi­ro­prac­tic care could influ­ence basic phys­i­o­log­i­cal processes affect­ing oxida­tive stress and DNA repair.

The arti­cle noted that serum thi­ols are pri­mary antiox­i­dants. Higher antiox­i­dant lev­els can serve as a way of mea­sur­ing human health sta­tus and DNA repair enzyme activ­ity, which has been shown to cor­re­late with lifes­pan and aging. In this study researchers mea­sured serum thiol lev­els in 21 patients, some of these with a vari­ety of health issues or pain, who had under­gone short-​term chi­ro­prac­tic care. Researchers also eval­u­ated a group of 25 asymp­to­matic patients who had under­gone long-​term chi­ro­prac­tic care. These results were then com­pared to a con­trol group of 30 peo­ple who had not received any chi­ro­prac­tic care.

The study results showed that, as the researchers expected, patients who were in pain had the low­est antiox­i­dant lev­els. How­ever, those patients who were under longer term chi­ro­prac­tic care had sta­tis­ti­cally sig­nif­i­cant higher antiox­i­dant lev­els than both the short term patients with pain, as well as those with­out pain who did not receive chi­ro­prac­tic care.

One of the authors, Dr. Christo­pher Kent, explained, “Going through life, we expe­ri­ence phys­i­cal, chem­i­cal, and emo­tional stress. These stresses affect the func­tion of the ner­vous sys­tem. We hypoth­e­sized that these dis­tur­bances in nerve func­tion could affect oxida­tive stress and DNA repair on a cel­lu­lar level.” Kent con­tin­ued, “Oxida­tive stress, meta­bol­i­cally gen­er­at­ing free rad­i­cals, is now a broadly accepted the­ory of how we age and develop disease.”

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